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[ UK /sˌɜːkəmləkjˈuːʃən/ ]
  1. an indirect way of expressing something
  2. a style that involves indirect ways of expressing things
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How To Use circumlocution In A Sentence

  • It was in vain that her mother had explained with many circumlocutional phrases, that the fitness in this respect should be accommodated rather to the plebeian husband than to the noble parent. The Small House at Allington
  • I think that last sentence with its circumlocutions and three parenthetical digressions is indicative of my distracted or distractible state of mind ... Breakfast in Bed
  • I was a rich heiress -- I had, I believe, a hundred thousand pounds, or more, and twice as many caprices: I was handsome and witty -- or, to speak with that kind of circumlocution which is called humility, the world, the partial world, thought me a beauty and a bel-esprit. Tales and Novels — Volume 03
  • In order to refer to the activity denoted by the F-word, it is necessary to engage in circumlocution or periphrasis.
  • _tapis_ in the circumlocution departments with the usual quantity of red tape and dillydallying of effete fogeydom and dunderheads generally. Ulysses
  • There was a good deal of rhetoric, circumlocution and imprecision in language.
  • Instances are quoted of highly contrived antithesis, of mixed metaphor and elaborate circumlocution.
  • If anything, her style can only be described as hectoring, more sniping than frontal attack, irritating and occasionally maddening in its circumlocution.
  • Despite the circumlocution used, the parties all appeared to understand one another.
  • He has wisely retained many Marathi words in the text, thus avoiding plodding English circumlocutions such as ‘flat millet bread’ for bhakri.
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